Toxic blue-green algae can poison your dog

13 August, 2019, 21:43 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Three dogs died from toxic algae after swimming. Now their devastated owner is warning fellow dog lovers all over the country

Now, the two owners hope that their deaths can help educate other dog owners about the dangers of letting dogs into water where blue-green algae is present. Now, their owners say they hope their loss will educate fellow dog lovers about the unsafe blooms. Although no human deaths caused by cyanobacteria have been reported in the United States, many dogs have died after swimming in infected waters.

If your pet comes into contact with toxic algae, the CDC recommends rinsing them with tap water as soon as possible and consulting a veterinarian. Fifteen minutes after leaving the pond, the dog began to have a seizure, according to CNN. The vet told Fleming that toxic blue-green algae on the lake was likely the cause of Arya's sickness and death.

"The hardest thing I have ever done is hold these incredible animals and watch their lives slip away", she added.

Owners are going to want to look out for green colored water because that is a telling sign the water might be risky to pets.

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A Go Fund Me page has been set up by Melissa's friends in a bid to spread the word and share this information with every pet owner.

Some algal blooms leave a film of muck on the surface and make the water ruddy, but others are hard to immediately detect, such as the blooms in the pond where Martin's dogs were exposed. Its toxins also are harmful to people, but dogs are particularly vulnerable because they ingest them, per the New York Times. If you see any scum or algae on the rocks, avoid letting your pet swim.

"Remove from the situation and then hose them down with fresh water, try to provide some fresh drinking water to try to dilute out some of that toxin", Gruchow said. Keep in mind to wear gloves to protect yourself. "'Cause nobody knows. Kids could get in it and it could poison them as well". They say that symptoms come on quickly and usually resolve within a few days, but children often have more pronounced and serious symptoms. Signs include vomiting, seizures, diarrhea and shock. "Ultimately, the entire food web is impacted because these toxins are produced", said Schmale. As a result, food contaminated with HABs have caused a variety of illnesses, and, in the most severe cases, lead to paralysis and respiratory failure, according the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 30 minutes after leaving the lake, Arya started making "weird" noises and vomiting in the vehicle, pet parent Morgan Fleming wrote on Facebook, as per 11Alive.

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